Many of us, yours truly included, saw the original 'Mad Max' movie back in the 1970's. It was iconic, and with its sequels began a new wave of guy-movie dystopian epics that endured for a long time. Here's one of the original trailers.
I've been interested to follow reports about the 'remake' of Mad Max that's scheduled for release tomorrow. (You can watch a recent trailer here.) Unfortunately, I've already heard enough to make me decide that I won't bother watching it. Aaron Clarey has argued the case against it very well over at Return Of Kings. Here's an excerpt.
If you were like me, the explosions, fire tornadoes, even the symphonic score surrounding “Fury Road’s” first trailer made your attendance a foregone conclusion. It looked like a straight-up guy flick. No ******* around. Perhaps even a little, hidden acknowledgement from the director that when the **** hits the fan, it will be men like Jack Donovan Mad Max who will be in charge.
But then my spidey senses started noticing a couple things.
Charlize Theron kept showing up a lot in the trailers, while Tom Hardy (Mad Max) seemed to have cameo appearances. Charlize Theron sure talked a lot during the trailers, while I don’t think I’ve heard one line from Tom Hardy. And finally, Charlize Theron’s character barked orders to Mad Max.
Nobody barks orders to Mad Max.
Sure enough, what I suspected (but desperately wanted NOT to be true) was confirmed with two articles in the past week. One, Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues” was consulted by the director to consult the female actresses in Fury Road about what it’s like being sex slaves. Her presumed expertise in this area was based on work she claimed to have done in the Congo. Work I investigated and deemed “fishy” in a recent podcast (around the 1hr 6 min mark).
Two, of all the outdated, obsolete, Baby Boomer leftist rags, TIME MAGAZINE just comes outright and says it.
“Here’s a surprise: Tom Hardy, a.k.a. Mad Max, isn’t the star of Mad Max: Fury Road. Charlize Theron is. An even bigger surprise? Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler consulted on what turns out to be a very feminist film….Theron, not Hardy, leads the charge; she also does the majority of the fighting.”
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The truth is I’m angry about the extent [to which] Hollywood and the director of Fury Road went to trick me and other men into seeing this movie. Everything VISUALLY looks amazing. It looks like that action guy flick we’ve desperately been waiting for where it is one man with principles, standing against many with none.
But let us be clear. This is the vehicle by which they are guaranteed to force a lecture on feminism down your throat. This is the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic. And this is the subterfuge they will use to blur the lines between masculinity and femininity, further ruining women for men, and men for women.
There's more at the link.
You know all those portrayals of dystopian post-disaster reality that the movies portray? I have news for the movies. I've been in such realities. I've seen them. I've smelled them. I've lived them in more than one African nation plagued by war, or famine, or other disaster. I know what dystopia means . . . and what it does not mean, ever, is any kind of female physical ascendancy. It simply doesn't happen. Women don't have the strength to endure against men who want to take anything and everything they have. I've seen it time and again. I've stopped (the hard way) men trying to do that to women . . . and it was never enough, because when you turned your back, there were always more desperate men with nothing to lose (and nothing to care about) who were prepared to renew the attack.
Any movie that tries to portray a woman kicking male ass and taking male names under such circumstances will get nothing more from me than scorn, derision and contempt. It ain't gonna happen, people, not in a thousand years. If you don't like reality, I'm sorry, but that's your problem, not mine. I've been around the block too many times to be in any doubt about the real world. It's a cold, ugly, hard place when the chips are down.
No. Mad Max: Fury Road is off my list of movies to see. I don't like watching propaganda, and I won't watch lies.